Keppel Delivers Jackup to Ensco Early
ENSCO 122 is the third of four enhanced KFELS Super A Class rigs that Keppel is building for Ensco
Keppel FELS Ltd (Keppel FELS) has delivered ENSCO 122, the third ultra-premium harsh environment ENSCO 120 Series jackup rig, to Ensco plc (Ensco) ahead of schedule. Built to an enhanced version of Keppel’s proprietary KFELS Super A Class design, the rig has been contracted to Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij B.V. (NAM), an oil and gas explorer and producer focused in The Netherlands.
Enhancements to the design include Ensco’s patented Canti-Leverage AdvantageSM technology, which provides cost advantages for customers by allowing them to drill more wells from one location when utilising the enhanced hoisting capacity at the farthest reach of the cantilever.
Mr Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director of Keppel Offshore & Marine (Offshore) and Keppel FELS, said, “We are pleased to deliver ENSCO 122, our third ENSCO 120 Series rig to Ensco. Our partnership with Ensco has enabled us to develop next generation rigs that have set industry benchmarks and we believe the KFELS Super A Class will be the standard bearer for rigs of its class in the North Sea. This is our 19th newbuild rig for Ensco and we are committed to support them with strong designs and reliable deliveries as they grow their fleet of high specification rigs.”
Featuring Keppel’s proprietary and superior jacking and fixation system, the KFELS Super A Class jackup design can operate in a variety of environments in water depths up to 400 feet. The rig is designed to drill to depths of 40,000 feet for the most demanding large multi-well platform programmes, ultra-deep gas programmes and ultra-long reach wells.
The first two rigs in the series, ENSCO 120 and ENSCO 121, have been successfully operating in the North Sea. The fourth rig is expected to be delivered in 2Q 2016.
“Over the past three years, we have successfully contracted our ENSCO 120 Series newbuild jackup rigs well ahead of delivery based on the advantages of our proprietary technology,” said Mr John Knowlton, Ensco’s Senior Vice President – Technical. “Like other Ensco rig designs, the 120 Series ultra-premium jackups incorporate detailed market analysis of customer preferences. These differentiated designs, coupled with our talented crews and proven safety and operating systems, allow us to deliver drilling services that have ranked Ensco #1 in total customer satisfaction for the past four years.”
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